Speed cameras to be switched on across Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Speed cameras to be switched on across Somerset Speed cameras to be switched on across Somerset

SPEED cameras will soon be switched back on after Somerset County Council agreed to sell them to Avon & Somerset Police.

The decision was made by councillors to transfer ownership of the cameras to the force for £1 each.

Cameras were switched off in Somerset in 2011 following discussions with the Safety Camera Partnership.

Last June, Chief Constable Nick Gargan called for them to be turned back on and opened up new conversations with the council to consider if fixed safety cameras could be reintroduced.

He and the council have now agreed the police will take responsibility and ownership of the cameras and operate them on the highway network "on the proviso that no costs whatsoever are incurred by the county council."

Cabinet member for Highways Cllr Harvey Siggs said: “We will continue to work closely with the police to improve highway safety and reduce traffic speeds at known road casualty sites.

"The police have agreed to take full responsibility for the cost and maintenance of the fixed safety cameras and will enforce all speeding offences, and we support them in their decision.”

Superintendent Ian Smith said: “We are pleased that plans to reinstate static speed cameras in Somerset have moved a step closer.

"We are keen to reinstate fixed cameras in Somerset as soon as possible and we will promote the activation when it happens.

“The ongoing work we have undertaken with our partners to reinstate static speed cameras in the force area is based on national research showing that cameras add value to road safety.

"There is also more than £2million worth of camera infrastructure currently lying dormant on the roadsides in the force area.

"We believe that the static cameras can be operated in a cost-neutral way and that reactivating them for use alongside our mobile camera vans will help in making our roads safer.”

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12:22pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Mi_Coc says...

Cost neutral my sinds are splitting they can make £100 a minute, cost neutral they see pound signs plain and simple.

£1 a camera when they are making cuts is scandelous could of made some money there.

Only expense I can see is getting them running and re painting the measurement markings needed at many sites as they have been removed during surfacing.
Cost neutral my sinds are splitting they can make £100 a minute, cost neutral they see pound signs plain and simple. £1 a camera when they are making cuts is scandelous could of made some money there. Only expense I can see is getting them running and re painting the measurement markings needed at many sites as they have been removed during surfacing. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 7

1:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

A & S Constabulary really are full of cr*p, there has not been any increase in accidents at the camera locations since switch off so the only reason they have for reactivating them is purely financial. Regarding the neutral costs I bet the council tax payer is footing the bill through the police portion of the bill.
A & S Constabulary really are full of cr*p, there has not been any increase in accidents at the camera locations since switch off so the only reason they have for reactivating them is purely financial. Regarding the neutral costs I bet the council tax payer is footing the bill through the police portion of the bill. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 7

4:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

duckface08 says...

These cameras were originally bought with council taxpayers money so why wasn't it put out to tender when they were sold off? At £! camera I would have bought the lot and sold them on as scrap!! That would put an end to this CASH COW.
These cameras were originally bought with council taxpayers money so why wasn't it put out to tender when they were sold off? At £! camera I would have bought the lot and sold them on as scrap!! That would put an end to this CASH COW. duckface08
  • Score: 6

10:37pm Sat 22 Feb 14

finnmacool says...

I dispute there has been an increase in accidents at these spots since they have been turned off. More money making tactics that's all it is.
I dispute there has been an increase in accidents at these spots since they have been turned off. More money making tactics that's all it is. finnmacool
  • Score: 4

11:35pm Sat 22 Feb 14

lordgodalmighty says...

Its illegal to sell them without putting out to tender - this is blatant embezzling of public funds. Who is responsible ?
Its illegal to sell them without putting out to tender - this is blatant embezzling of public funds. Who is responsible ? lordgodalmighty
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

GoingGreen says...

Can't see a problem making some money from speeding motorists!
Can't see a problem making some money from speeding motorists! GoingGreen
  • Score: -3

6:03pm Wed 26 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

About time cyclists had registration numbers and insurance, we could at least trace the imbeciles amongst them.
About time cyclists had registration numbers and insurance, we could at least trace the imbeciles amongst them. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 1

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